In this week’s installment of famous classic cars, we feature the car used in the 1970’s television series Starsky & Hutch.
Starsky & Hutch was a popular television police serie that ran 92 episodes between 1975 and 1979, on ABC. The show was created by William Blinn and produced by Spelling-Goldberg Productions.
The show mostly centered on the two police detectives tearing around the streets of a fictional “Bay City, California”. In reality most of the series was shot on location in the Los Angeles beach community of San Pedro. The building that was used as the Metro Division police headquarters is now San Pedro’s City Hall.
The starring vehicle was Starsky’s two-door 1974 Ford Gran Torino. Affectionately called the Striped Tomato in one episode, fans of the car still refer to it by that nickname as well. The show’s main characters besides the car, were David Michael Starsky, (Paul Michael Glaser) and Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson (David Soul).
But for Kanter-Car-Tales we are always just interested in the cars. Unfortunately Paul Glaser took an immediate and pretty long-lasting dislike to the car. Aaron Spelling introduced him to the car in the early stages of production. Glaser’s relationship with the car was not what you’d call love at first sight. The full on red car with mag wheels and white racing stripe seemed not very “undercover” detective- like for Paul. Also it was rumored to be a continued annoyance as fans were always interested in more about the car than perhaps Paul’s character.
Resource: Wikipedia.org (2015) Starsky & Hutch. Retrieved January 27, 2015 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starsky_%26_Hutch